France has appealed for overseas governments to stamp out calls by what it calls a “radical minority” for a boycott of French merchandise after Emmanuel Macron’s public backing of the Muhammad caricatures.
The enchantment got here as anger escalated throughout the Islamic world over the president’s remarks at a nationwide tribute to the murdered high-school trainer Samuel Paty final week.
Paty, 47, was killed after he confirmed his class drawings of the prophet throughout a debate on free speech.
After Macron promised France wouldn’t “renounce the caricatures”, a livid riposte that emerged on Friday on social media beneath Arabic hashtags gained momentum over the weekend.
In a strongly worded assertion, France’s overseas ministry demanded that requires a boycott of its merchandise and the “occasionally hateful” protests in opposition to the nation should end.
“These calls distort the positions defended by France in favour of freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and the refusal of any call to hatred,” it learn.
“Consequently, the calls for boycott are pointless and must cease immediately, as must all attacks against our country, instrumentalised by a radical minority.”
The assertion added: “The ministers and our entire diplomatic network are fully mobilised to remind and explain to our partners France’s positions, particularly with regard to fundamental freedoms and the rejection of hatred, to call on the authorities of the countries concerned to dissociate themselves from any call for a boycott or any attack against our country, to support our companies and to ensure the safety of our compatriots abroad.”
On Sunday, after protests during which the president’s image was burned and the Turkish chief, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, recommended his French counterpart wanted “his mental health tested”, Macron additionally responded.
“Our history is one of a battle against tyranny and fanatacisms. We will continue,” Macron tweeted in three languages, French, English and Arabic.
“We respect all differences in a spirit of peace. We will never accept hate speech and we defend reasonable debate. We will continue. We hold ourselves always on the side of human dignity and universal values,” the French president added.
Turkey, Iran, Jordan and Kuwait are amongst Islamic international locations to criticise the publication of the caricatures, which initially appeared in France in Charlie Hebdo, sparking a terrorist assault on the satirical newspaper in 2015 that killed 12 folks.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation additionally denounced the “suggestions of certain French leaders … that risk submerging French-Muslim relations”.
While condemning “all acts of terror in the name of religion” it attacked the “continued publication of blasphemous cartoons” of the prophet.
In Qatar, sure meals distribution teams introduced they had been eradicating from their outlets for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, French cultural week deliberate on the Qatar University has been postponed as a result of of a “deliberate attack on Islam and its symbols”.
In Kuwait, French cheeses – La Vache Qui Rit and Babybel – have been faraway from some shops. About 430 Kuwaiti journey brokers have reportedly suspended reservations for flights to France.
Pakistan additionally criticised France on Sunday, with the prime minister, Imran Khan, accusing Macron of “attacking Islam” by encouraging the publication of caricatures of Muhammad.
Masood Khan, the president of Pakistan-administered Azad Kashmir, tweeted: “President Macron has ignobly earned a patent for #Islamophobia and incitement to hatred against Muslims. We condemn his blasphemous words and the mindset behind them. France suffered from such a mindset during WWII. Why does he inflict similar injury on others?”
After Erdoğan criticised Macron immediately, saying “Go and get your mental health tested”, Paris recalled its ambassador to Ankara and responded that the remark was “unacceptable”. It accused Turkey of “whipping up hatred” in opposition to France.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s excessive consultant for overseas affairs and safety issues, referred to as on Turkey to cease “this dangerous spiral into confrontation”.
In Israel, about 200 folks gathered in entrance of the French embassy to condemn Macron. In Gaza, Palestinian protesters burned pictures of the French president.
Police shot useless Abdullah Anzorov, 18, after he allegedly beheaded Paty 10 days in the past. Investigators say the suspect had communicated with two folks from an Islamist group in Syria however add there isn’t a proof the assault was ordered from overseas.
Police imagine the Russian-born Chechen, who lived in Évreux, Normandy, turned radicalised of his personal accord however are wanting right into a sports activities membership and two mosques he frequented in current months.
France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor confirmed on Thursday that seven folks, together with two pupils at Paty’s faculty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, had been charged with terrorism offences.
Paty was posthumously awarded the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest honour, at a ceremony at Sorbonne University in Paris on Wednesday. Macron stated France owed it to a “quiet hero … to continue his fight for liberty and for reason”.
Paty confirmed the category the photographs of Muhammad alongside different caricatures and cartoons of completely different topics as half of a dialogue on free speech, after inviting any pupils who could be offended to look away.